Suspicious package found in Jacksonville Beach neighborhood


Update: The suspicious package situation has been resolved.

"I was told there was not a device of any kind but I don't have any other information at this time," according to Sgt. Thomas Crumley with the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police in Jacksonville Beach responded to reports of a suspicious package near a popular park Monday evening.

The suspicious package was reportedly found the in the 1400 block of Osceola Avenue and caused the closure of Osceola Avenue between South Beach Parkway and America Avenue while the Jacksonville Beach Police Department investigated an area near South Beach Park and Sunshine Playground.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office bomb squad also responded to the incident.


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Neptune Beach Police increase patrol on America's Birthday


NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. --- Thousands are celebrating America's birthday and this year, the Neptune Beach Department says they are taking security to the next level. According to officials, 10,000 people are expected on First Street this 4th of July.

Neptune Beach native, Janice, says the extra patrol is necessary.

"I think it's necessary," said Janice.

Janice has been living on Neptune Beach for 16 years and she says these days, it's busier than ever.

"Of course, you can see it's so crowded now. We used to have barely any people on the beach, hardly," said Janice.

Surfers cash in on post Arthur waves


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- While Arthur has moved past the First Coast, surfers are still seeing effects out at the beach. What that means for them is awesome waves. Hurley Surf and Enjoy tour made its last two stops in Florida during perfect surfing days. The tour was in Daytona Beach Wednesday and Jacksonville Beach Thursday.

"We had amazing weather, the best waves I've seen in Florida since I've been here. The rip currents weren't as bad as we expected which is always good, because it gets really dangerous to have kids out in rip currents," says surfer Blair Wheeler.

Close to 30 young surfers came to learn how to surf, or just show off their moves Thursday. There were people in all different age groups. Surfers say it's important to teach children how to swim at a young age.

Silent Surfers make waves at Jacksonville Beach


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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Dozens of local children who are blind and or deaf, are making major waves on Jacksonville Beach. The Florida Surfing Association is giving disabled children the chance to do something that many of us take for granted- swim and surf in the water.

More than 50 children who are either deaf and or blind are taking to the water. These kids are from Florida's School for the Deaf and Blind out of Saint Augustine. The event is called the Silent Surfer program.

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Jacksonville Beach named 2nd sexiest suburb


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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. --- When you think of sexy, what comes to mind? Believe it or not, Jacksonville Beach is bringing sexy back. At least, according to the Real Estate blog, Motovo.

According to the blog, the beach is the second sexiest suburb in America. Jacksonville Beach lands right behind Miami beach.

Rankings:

1. Miami Beach, FL

2. Jacksonville Beach, FL

3. Santa Monica, CA

4. Cornelius, NC

5. Dublin, OH

6. Frederick, MD

7. Atlantic Beach, FL

Bicyclist hit by car in Jacksonville Beach


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A bicyclist was hit by a car Wednesday morning in South Jacksonville Beach.

The unidentified woman was hit around 9 a.m. at the intersection of 3rd Street and South Beach Cntr. The victim suffered minor injuries, according to Jacksonville Beach Police.

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department, Jacksonville Beach Fire Rescue and Jacksonville Fire Rescue responded to the crash.

The crash caused minor traffic delays due to its close proximity to the entrance of JTB.

The victim was transported to an area hospital. The crash is under investigation.


Fletcher Middle School students cleaning up the community


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Fifteen students from Fletcher Middle have spent the last several Saturday's giving part of the city a face lift.

For years, a wall near the school has been covered in graffiti. It's been described "ugly", and an "eyesore."

Mary Phillips is a Civics teacher at the school, and one of the leaders of the project. She said the idea just started as a lesson.

"I wanted to show my students that one person or a small group of people can make a huge difference in their community," she said.

Students involved in the project say they jumped at the opportunity to use art to make part of the city more appealing.

"When I drive by as an adult I'm going to say i painted that in seventh grade and it's going to make me feel real good," said Issac Dunavant, a 7th grade student.